Give! – Yourself a Break
The Christmas season is wrought with expectations…
Expectations to decorate your house like Clark Griswald or Martha Stewart
Expectations to pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your list including that person who is simply impossible to buy for.
Expectations to cook, to clean, to bake, to entertain…
Ok, you get my point.
Usually I do ok with all of those expectations. To be honest, most of them I place upon myself.
But this year I had to give myself a break.
The idea of doing all the things I normally do this time of year had me spiraling into obligation and avoidance. I simply couldn’t do all the things I normally do… and I should clarify usually LOVE to do. That was a really strange feeling to me. Why wouldn’t I want to do all the things I usually love to do?
And so after a few bouts of guilt and some good level-headed comments from my husband, I realized I needed to give myself a break this year. Less decorating. Less entertaining. Less cooking. Less cleaning.
I cut out the things that I could and I kept the things that brought me joy and were the most meaningful to others around me.
How about you?
Do you need to give yourself a break this year?
What expectations have you heaped up yourself that really aren’t all that consequential?
What can you give up so that you can experience the joy and the beauty of this season?